It feels like only days ago I was reviewing last month’s Glossy Box (and it was….awkward….) and already I’ve got a shiny new one. Not only that, but- joy of joys- it’s a super pretty special edition box, designed by textile designer Pearl Lowe.
Pretty and flowery much! And perfect for the theme of this month’s box, ‘Spring Fever.’ Not sure exactly why the products are meant to match this theme, as Glossy have instead focused on how Pearl came up with her design, but hey, who really cares? Does anyone actually?? Seriously??? It’s just a theme, it’s the contents that count!
This month I was especially pleased to spot a few things, so I’m gonna dive straight in, starting, as ever, with the most boring.
SunSense Daily Face SPF
This cream caused me a lot of emotional turmoil, as when I read the leaflet I was elated. A tinted 50+ SPF face cream?! Be still my beating heart! But then I opened it, and realised that this cream has no real lid, just one of those twisty things, making it (so I thought) essential a one-use product. Sad face. I opened it grudgingly, figuring I needed to swatch it for review purposes (the things I do for you guys….) and quickly realised that flipping the lip back over did in fact make it re-closable- it’s a lid as precarious as a Kardashian wedding, but it’s a lid nonetheless, and it means I was a happy again. Yay! Anyway, I’ve wasted a lot of time ranting about the packaging, so onto the product itself.
It’s pretty much just a tinted moisturiser. Very light, delicate, cream gel texture with the palest of tints to it. I’m not a big user of tinted moisturiser, since I prefer a bit of coverage, but this feels nice and sinks in well, so with the SPF I may just find myself using it come summer. If you like tinted moisturiser then you should be elated with this!
NIP+FAB Coconut Latte Body Butter
Ahh, a lovely body cream. Fabulous. I’m a stickler for moisturising, and mini’s for my desk/handbag/gym bag are always welcome. I’m also a recent convert to NIP+FAB after picking up their lipbalms (review pending!) so I was happy to get this. According to the leaflet, I could have got this product in Pistachio or Mango, and I feel like I landed the best one. The DELICIOUSNESS! It’s a lovely, rich, chocolatey coconut smell, and my nostrils were just in heaven. It’s thick enough to feel effective, yet light enough to soak in straight away, and made my skin smooth and happy. Win!
Model Co Cheek + Lip Tint
Big products in funky boxes always make me happy, but this one was hard to get excited about for 2 reasons- I don’t’ wear blusher/cheek tint much (pale and pink already!) and I own Bene Tint. Soooo…..basically set there. Still though, I was game to try it out, and I got stuck in.
Immediately I could tell the difference between this and the Benefit one I already own. Even though this one was darker and thicker, the staining effect was sooooo much lighter, and it took 3 coats to really see an effect, which even then was just a slightly darker version of my normal lips.
Despite this, though, I actually liked it. I like the gel texture, which makes it easy to apply, and the finished shade is more subtle than Bene Tint, and ever so slightly purple, which I appreciated. I will definitely use it, but the density just isn’t good enough- if it was as immediately dark as Bene Tint, I do think I would actually prefer this shade, but it wasn’t, so merely a ‘like’ not a ‘love.’
Yves Rocher Perfume: So Elixir Purple
Normally the perfume sample is the one to take my much coveted (not) ‘boring’ spot, but I didn’t think that was fair this week for three reasons: it’s purple, it’s in a big enough bottle to not be a sample, and it smells loverlyyyy. On first application I was pretty meh- nice enough, but a classic bright, crispy floral, although I was immediately intrigued by a strong, slightly spicy smell that set it apart. When I had another sniff a few hours later, these ingredients had combined, and it had become lovely and musky, with a warm and floral dry down. Yummerzzzz. It reminded me of a richer version of any of the Sarah Jessica Parker scents, a mature floral with an intriguing twist. And purple! Did I mention?? Purple!!!!!
Essie Nail Polish in ‘Tart Deco’.
Alrightyyyyyy so here we have the final product, and the one that broke my heart better than a beautiful vampire ever could. I LOVE Essie, so I did a happy squeal when I saw that I had one-full size no less- in this month’s box. The joys! I opened my box with a massive smile, one that faded rapidly at the sight of a coral monstrosity.
Not. My. Colour. Seriously. I know that Coral has a huge following, and that people go nuts over this kind of crazy, bright, pastel pink shade on a daily basis, but I am not one of them. I am NOT. Evidently Glossy handpicked 15 shades to choose from, so I’m ever so slightly disgruntled that this is the one that I got. How could they! Do they not know me at all, this huge company who randomly assigned me a box?!?!
I wore the shade all day, and it never managed to become anything more than tolerable to me. my fingers looked like they were on a quest to murder my eyes. It’s just too much, very sickly and kind of…I dunno, just ‘off’ looking. I had a few girls go batty over it, so I know it’s just me, but really- I was gutted. Setting aside personal taste, though, it applied well, stayed well, and it’s Essie. Essie rule. I won’t be put off by a random colour winging towards me, they will always hold a place in my heart. But not this one. Sorry :-/
So there we go- another great box from Glossy, and a happy April to me.
Speaking of boxes, I’m told there’s a new one about to break the market- a super exclusive, ultra fancy one called BoxDelux. I don’t know a huge amount about it yet, but what I do know sounds intriguing- it’s a mix of products, not just beauty but other high-end things, and whilst it costs a little more than the usual boxes the products are of a very high quality, and only a limited number are available each month, making it crazy exclusive! That’s about all I know right now- if you want to find out more, check out their website here.
In the meantime, how did you like your Glossy box? What shade of Essie did you get? Let me know! (I swear I won’t cry with envy!)